Is 1.2 Miles in 18 Minutes Technically ‘Running?’

It’s December 23rd and I’m thinking of dinner and desserts and cookies and pie. By this time next week, if you are like me, you will be in full-on guilt mode with thoughts of Improvement. I’m a huge fan of self-improvement be it learning a few new words in French or learning how to crack an egg open with one hand or in recording a daily reminder to give your child a hug.

Hopefully you will start thinking of running. It’s a great sport that I fully endorse. I’m not fast but I’m steady and I enjoy it. I started out years ago after taking great offense at my scale. I had vowed never to weight more than 200 pounds but when the scale came to rest at 218 I thought, “Good gawd. I’m becoming a fat old man.” I bolted upstairs to the bedroom, found an old pair of sweat pants, quickly changed, and ran out the door. Eighteen minutes later I logged 1.2miles. I said I was slow.

This started a new life for me. Since then, I’ve generally kept at some kind of exercise program. Mostly I run and do some yoga. I join a gym now and then and lift weights but never for long periods. Running suits not only me but my family. I can get a decent workout quickly and it’s not expensive. It doesn’t take much time from the family and I’m not tempted to inject cow hormones and get all moon-faced.

I encourage you to take up moving in the New Year. Move consistently in some fashion. Run or walk: both are good. Ride a bike. It will likely save your knees. Take a dance class. Heck, sell your zero-radius self-propelled lawn mower and gets something that you have to push.

If you do run or walk, I recommend that you get a copy of Build Your Best Running Body. Following is a brief review of the book that I posted to Amazon.

Book Review: Build Your Running Body

I run for enjoyment and fitness. Occasionally, to measure improvement and to keep up my interest, I run a slow 5k race. I have not read a better book for my level of running than Building Your Running Body. I know there are better books for specific kinds of training or racing but, for a beginning to intermediate runner, this is the best. You will need to advance pretty far in the sport to run out of useful information here.

Topics run the gamut from shoes and clothing through training plans. Included are lots of well lit and clear photos showing forms for stretches and lifts (I hate books with photos that look like they were shot in the kitchen after dark). There is a surprising amount of detail intermixed with the stuff you expect to read. All of these kinds of books give nutrition advice but I’ve never once read about ATP and mitochondria in one. Several chapters use a checklist style presentation making highlights easy to grasp. Don’t be put off by the wisp of a woman on the cover as the book is intended for anyone brave enough to lace up a pair of running shoes.

For my money it’s the best if the bunch.

Four stars.